Meet the world’s strongest boys: healthy hobby or a parent’s obsession?

By admin
05 June 2014

For the past two years the internet has been flooded with videos and stories of the so-called world’s strongest boys. The boys, now seven and nine, are seen partaking in gruelling training sessions and showing off bulging muscles while their dad’s voice can be heard instructing and encouraging them in the background.

For the past two years the internet has been flooded with videos and stories of the so-called world’s strongest boys. The boys, now seven and nine, are seen partaking in gruelling training sessions and showing off bulging muscles while their dad’s voice can be heard instructing and encouraging them in the background.

But 35-year-old Iulian Stroe from Romania has come under fire from parents around the globe who say they’re concerned for the two pint-sized muscle “men”, and social workers even filed a complaint against him in court last year.

The family apparently tried relocating from Romania to Italy recently, but couldn’t support themselves and returned to their homeland where Iulian works in the scrap-metal trade. He says he’s now planning to seek a UK sponsor for the boys.

The brothers, Giuliano and Claudiu, first got attention when a jaw-dropping video of them training was put on YouTube two years ago. The two have been weightlifting since the age of two and spend up to two hours a day training with their dad, himself a weightlifter. Older brother Giuliano already holds more than one world record, including one for the number of 90-degree push-ups he can complete.

Of course, not everyone is impressed by the boys’ physique and accomplishments, with many parents criticising Iulian and claiming the training schedule is harmful to the youngsters’ health.

In 2013, social workers also asked the court to place the boys in their care and filed a complaint against the father. Stroe eventually won back custody of the boys and he and his wife have been quick to deny accusations of child abuse. “They have a natural ability for this, nothing is forced; it is what God intended for them.”

Watch the 2012 training video of Giuliano and Claudiu as well as the most recent video of Giuliano showing off his muscular physique here:

Sources: vice.com, nydailynews.com, huffingtonpost.com

  • For expert advice on managing the difference between encouraging excellence and pushing your child too hard, click here.

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